Five Coast schools named among country's best

Gautier High School, Pascagoula High School, St. Martin High School, Pass Christian and Hancock High are Coast schools named among America's Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report, as published Thursday on its Web site.

The bronze designation is the highest award given in the state. No schools in the state of Mississippi were awarded the silver or gold rankings. The article appears in the December 2008 issue of the magazine.

To produce the 2009 America's Best High School rankings, U.S. News and World Report teamed up with School Evaluation Services , a K-12 education data research business run by Standard and Poor's. SES developed the comprehensive methodology that judges how well high schools serve all of their students, not just those who are college bound.